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Grandpa Tales is a collection of adventures and reflections from a Grandpa’s perspective.

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The Agony of Fourth Place

By on December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized with 4 Comments

Remember when you played with your young children (under 10 years old)? Remember how you would let them win? Your logic was to help them gain confidence in their skills, and also to keep them playing.

 

Well my grandkids apparently didn’t get the memo: Let Your Grandpa Win Sometimes.

 

We were babysitting Molly (age 7) and Brayden (age 4). We were doing puzzles when Molly said, “Let’s see who can put the puzzle together fastest.”

 

We all said OK and Molly chose a four puzzle set comprised of 12 pieces for each puzzle.

 

I caught myself gloating even before we started. Twelve-piece puzzle, no problem, I’m going to destroy them. A seven-year old and a four-year old, no competition there. My wife, another story, but I felt I could at least split the wins.

 

We put the pieces in front of us, and Molly said, “Go”.

 

Literally 45 seconds later, Molly said, “Done”. Five seconds after that, Brayden said, “Done”. Four seconds later, my wife said, “Done”. I still had four pieces to left.

 

“Dumb luck”, I mumbled to myself.

 

Brayden said, “Again.”

 

So we exchanged puzzle sets, Molly said, “Go”. This time the results were different. My wife came in first, Molly second, Brayden third. I had three pieces left.

 

We played nine more games and the first three positions changed each game. Fourth place was 100% consistent.

 

I forced a smile just like the contestants on the Voice force a smile for the camera as they wait to hear if they’ve been eliminated.

 

As we were putting the puzzles away, Molly said, “It’s OK Grandpa, you tried and that’s what’s important. Let’s go into the Family Room and I’ll read you a story.”

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  1. Lucky to finish fourth…

  2. Rich says:

    …. blame it on the Arthritis!

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